Pinterest: Can WordPress users prevent their images from being pinned to Pinterest?

Posted by on March 3, 2012 at 11:45 am.


Pinterest has become increasingly popular for many internet users, it gives the user a way to pin items of interest, and can generate additional traffic to the site where the images were found.

However, there are some that aren’t thrilled about this new service. The obvious reason, is the complete disregard (knowingly or unknowingly) that some users go about pinning copyrighted material. Not every site wants their images copied. It’s always a good idea, to read the websites copyright policy before you pin. In doing so, you avoid being sued if a website owner decided to come after you for stealing their original work.

I used Pinterest, briefly, but grew weary of tracking down to make sure what I was repinning wasn’t in violation of the original owners copyright. From my own observation, I’ve seen many users pinning images that weren’t supposed to be copied.

One way to avoid items being pinned, is by implementing a simple code into your header tag.

<meta name=”pinterest” content=”nopin” />

According to Pinterest, if you install the above code to your site a Pinterest user will receive the following message.

This site doesn’t allow pinning to Pinterest. Please contact the owner with any questions. Thanks for visiting!”

Oh by the way, the meta tag information, can be found in the Pinterest Help section under Linking to your Blog or Website.

Pinterest LogoRed

Pinterest: How can WordPress users block their images being pinned to Pinterest?

  1. Click on Appearance tab
  2. Click on Editor
  3. Click on Header (header.php)
  4. Insert the code listed below on the line immediately after the <head> tag.
  5. <meta name=”pinterest” content=”nopin” />

WordPress Plugin that blocks Pinterest users from copying my images

Users that don’t want to mess around with their themes, can always install the NoPin WordPress Plugin created by Shawn Hooper. It can also be found on the WordPress Addon site; NoPin WordPress Plugin.

Will it stop all pins? I’m sure someone might find a way around it, but it will decrease some of it. Additionally, it’s a good idea to watermark all your copyrighted photos.

Edited to add WordPress Plugin information.

Photo Source: Pinterest



  • Karen says:

    thanks for that info Opal!
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    Opal Reply:

    Hi @Karen,
    You’re welcome! I saw it, and thought I’d pass along the information.

    Interesting that you wrote about Pinterest, as linked in your post I’ve stumbled upon a few bloggers that have been chatting about the same issue.
    Opal recently posted..How do I disable right-click on images?


  • Mike says:

    Thanks Opal.

    I had found the code for the header yesterday, but hadn’t mentioned it to Karen yet. Her quilt images are the one’s we’ve seen pinned without permission. I applied the code to her blog so that should make it less of an issue.
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    Opal Reply:

    Hi @Mike,
    That can be frustrating, seeing your images posted somewhere else. I’ve seen a few from here, but those I didn’t mind sharing. A few years ago, I wasn’t as pleased when I saw pictures of my daughter posted elsewhere. Which is one reason I don’t post too many pictures of her.

    Around nine years ago, I had a website that was created for moms, mainly pregnant moms. I remember being contacted by an extremely unhappy website owner. One of our members had copied and pasted information (aromatherapy related) directly to our website. Granted, the lady in question didn’t know any better, she thought that was fine. It was a great lesson to teach those on that forum that just because something is online doesn’t mean it’s ‘free to copy’.

    I immediately took the information down. The lady, was nice about it, and we’ve kept in contact over the years, initially because we share a similar interest; aromatherapy but later on because we enjoyed chatting with one another.
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  • Julie says:

    I recently found out about Pinterest and what it is good for (I know, I am a bit late), and I haven’t really thought ot THIS as a real problem. How cool that there is this plugin for preventing unauthorised usage of our own images. Thanks for letting me know.
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    Opal Reply:

    Hi @Julie, You’re not the only one; I discovered it about four months ago. I’d seen the logo floating around, but didn’t bother to check it out, until I joined Revelry.

    They seem to make a WordPress Plugin for everything, right? I did check out the plugin, and I’m guessing it will deter most of its users, but if someone is tech savvy, they can still copy your image.
    Opal recently posted..How do I disable right-click on images?


  • Nicholle Olores says:

    Such a great article Opal! I never tried pinterest yet but I want have some try of it. Anyway, thanks a lot for the information it helps me on the other side.
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    Opal Reply:

    @Nicholle Olores, You’re welcome, it’s a great addition for those that like the images right there, since you hae a virtual board to pin the images. But, I can see why some might not want their copyrighted information pinned. I hope you enjoy pinterest.
    Opal recently posted..How do I disable right-click on images?


  • Jessie says:

    Pinterest is still so new that they will always need to be working hard to stop spammers and people abusing their system. With the “nopin” tip, at least we can start to protect your copyrighted work.
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    Opal Reply:

    @Jessie, It’s one way, although there are still ways to bypass the Nopin, but the casual user won’t know how to do that.

    Regarding copyrighted material, for pictures, I’ve recently gotten into the habit of placing my watermark where a user can’t easily crop it out of the photo.

    Thanks for stopping by Celebrate Life!
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  • Ken says:

    Thanks for posting the info on the NoPin WP plugin. I just added the No Right Click plugin to our blog today, but the Pinners were still at it — essentially rebuilding all of our content on Pintrest — one pin at a time!

    Thanks again.
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